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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 04-27-2009 12:07 AM 973 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2009 12:07 AM

I have received about four emails from A O L which I use asking for my debit card details to be renewed as my old information was running out of date .Anyway I ignored them as A O L don’t normally ask for such information online I got one again today and it said if I didn’t renew the information within 24 hours I would be cut off anyway I was about to do it when I thought I’ll telephone them first and there I was told to ignore the email as all was ok so please beware kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 12:10 AM

Thanks Alistair.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 02:36 AM

its a scary world…they make a ton of dow because one in 10,000 will send the info…


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#3 posted 04-27-2009 03:21 AM

Thanks for the alert.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 04:07 AM

Although I do not have nor use credit cards, and I do not have an AOL account, I would just like to thank you for warning all of us here on Lumberjocks of what almost happened to you and happens to tons of people on a daily basis. It is with you rkindness in warning me (along with others, I am sure) that sometimes we can get wrapped up in particular things on the net and we lose sight sometimes.
I appreciate the warning. We all need a little shaking up now and then!
I am glad you caught this before you became another identity theft victim!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 04:40 AM

I received a fake notice from The Bank of America a couple of weeks ago & I could tell it right away. That’s because my wife fell for the same scam about a year & a half ago & fortunately told me about the e-mail right after she sent off the info that the scammer wanted. I got on the phone immediately & cancelled our account. This scam redirects you to a very official looking page with a Bank of America logo & all. Except for having to change our account no damage was done. Needless to say we have been very watchful of anything we do online since. What ticked me off is that the bank, the police & the internet provider didn’t want to even look at the e-mail & try to trace back the routing. It was as though they just considered it business as usual. Now when I get one of these scams, all I do is click the “Report as Spam” button & delete it. Unless you fell for the scam, I feel it’s a waste of time to report it because nothing will be done about it.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#6 posted 04-27-2009 05:17 AM

Thanks for the alert


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#7 posted 04-27-2009 05:41 AM

As a good rule off thumb I don’t think there are many (if any) legitimate companies that will email you asking for you to renew financial information through email. Anytime I open an email that turns out to be a scam I shut down my Internet and reset my Internet connection. Through viruses and cookies it’s easier than ever for hackers to track your keystrokes without you knowing.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#8 posted 04-27-2009 02:42 PM

Thanks for the update. I’m completely skeptical about the internet. It is always best to call any company who says they need to “update” your personal data. I signed up for a service called “lifelock” which charges an annual fee of $100.00 per year. It’s like insurance. Check it out.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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